Wizards At Nets Preview

On Wednesday night at 7:30 ET the Washington Wizards will face off against the New Jersey Nets at the Prudential Center in what will be Nene’s Wizards debut.

Previous Match Up

This is the second meeting between the two teams this season.

The first time the two teams played was on the season opener as the Wizards looked to start their season off on a high note.

The Wizards came out strong and eventually led by 21 points in the second quarter. The lack of rebounding eventually caught up with the Wizards and the Nets stole the victory 94 to 90. The key performance in that game came from Kris Humphries, who had 21 points and 16 rebounds.

From Andray Blatche proclaiming himself “captain” of the team to the Wizards dropping a 21 point lead, the home opener was definitely eventful.

Key Match-Up

The key match-up for this game is Deron Williams vs. John Wall.

John Wall is averaging 16 points and 10 assists per game against Williams in their four match-ups.

Williams is arguably the best pure point guard in the NBA, and Wall will undoubtedly have his hands full. To compete with Williams, Wall needs to utilize his superior quickness on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor.

In his last five games, John Wall is averaging close to five turnovers per game. Turnovers have been Wall’s achilles heal. Against the Memphis Grizzlies, Wall coughed the ball up seven times while only having six assists. The majority of his turnovers come from playing too fast and leaving his feet while passing the ball.

Other Observations

During the past three games the Wizards have been shorthanded, but have still been able to compete.

The Wizards front court of Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin have been playing really well lately. Seraphin is averaging over 11 points and 9 rebounds over the course of those three games. And now Nene will be added to that rotation up front. It will be very interesting to see how Randy Wittman splits up minutes amongst the emerging Kevin Seraphin and Nene. Will he play give Nene extended minutes right away or let him get his feet wet?

On Wednesday night the Washington Wizards will look to set a new tone to this forgettable season in the “Nene era”.

Prediction

If the Wizards crash the boards and cut down the turnovers they will “improve” their road record to five wins and eighteen losses. And I think the Wiz do just that and win 93 to 85 in Newark Wednesday night.

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